Marvel Studios recently released the first trailer for the much anticipated Avengers: Endgame and some eagle-eyed fans believe they have spotted Groot, who was turned into dust in Avengers: Infinity War.

Last we saw of Groot, he was fading into dust like half of all living creatures throughout the galaxy including Earth. He didn’t branch off, and there wasn’t a tiny branch left behind for Rocket Raccoon to regrow him. He had been dusted.

Yet some fans are claiming they can see baby Groot in a frame of the new trailer, sitting in a compartment above Tony Stark in the last shot we get of him before it cuts to the Marvel logo, which, coincidentally, fades into dust.

One person even speculated it could be The Watcher.

Let’s not beat around the bush about this. That isn’t Groot.

I’ve pored over the video in HD clarity in 1080p. And needless to say, the thing everyone says is Groot, is actually just a do-dad. It’s a piece of equipment like all other pieces of equipment on the ship with Stark. And this may spell out that Stark is actually alone on the ship.

Stark = McGuyver

When last we left Mr. Stark, he was on Titan healing wounds from an almost fatal stab from Thanos. He was also emotionally hurt watching everyone around him, including his charge Spider-Man/Peter Parker, fading into dust.

The only other person with him on the barren planet was Nebula. But it looks like she has gone her own way. This leaves the progenitor of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe films adrift in space, waiting to die.

The whole scene doesn’t make too much sense given Tony’s penchant for building in a pinch and the accessibility of alien tech on the planet Titan. There’s a literal alien ship he flew in on, and it wouldn’t be unheard of for him to piece together some scraps and some energy from the craft to make his way home. We did see Ebony Maw’s ship fly from Earth to Titan in Avengers: Infinity War.

We’ve all seen Tony Stark in a desperate situation before and what he did to make his way out. He created the Iron Man armor! Despite, Stark’s despondent message in the trailer, it’s more than likely he finds away to overcome.

Innovation. Adaptation. Overcoming. His sheer determinism is what drew audiences to the first Iron Man film. To see that magic come back on screen will hit like a strong slap of nostalgia for fans of the 2008 film.

What Stark can manage to craft in the confines of the alien cruiser might be limited. Perhaps a new arc reactor that will allow him to survive the harsh conditions of space? Or maybe a booster to the rockets that propels him to his intended destination- with detrimental results to his own self in the process?

We’ll just have to wait and see when Avengers: Endgame comes out this April.

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    Donald Edmonds

    Donald enjoys short walks on the beach and long sessions at the gym. He graduated with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in English. Always a sucker for a good story and great art, he often takes deep dives into Marvel history for fun speculation on what the future of a franchise might be.